How are your conversation skills? Do you find that you enjoy conversations or that you struggle when in a social setting? There are plenty of little tricks and strategies you can use to enhance your conversation experience. You’ll enjoy your conversations more, and so will the other person. Verbal skills are great for advancing your career and social life.
Here are a few techniques to enhance your verbal skills:
• Lower your requirements for success. When it comes to making small talk at a party, too often we want to be the most amazing conversationalist the world has ever seen. It’s not necessary to be the “best” anything to leave a positive impression or to have a successful conversation. When you lower this expectation, you can relax and be a better conversation partner.
• Ask better questions. Ideally, you shouldn’t have to say too much during many conversations. Just a few, well-chosen questions can keep the other person talking for quite a while. Ask open-ended questions about something meaningful to the other person and just kick back and relax. Good questions are an easy way to keep the other person engaged in the conversation.
• Listen well. Listening is half of the conversation. Keep your eyes and attention on the other person. Think about what is being said. Avoid thinking about what you want to say next. Just keep your attention on what’s being said to you. Good communication requires that the relayed information was received and understood.
• Wait your turn. Avoid interrupting someone. Just because you’re done listening doesn’t mean they were done speaking. Wait until the other person is done talking and then feel free to respond. The other person will appreciate the consideration.
• Be interesting. Unless there was recently a tornado or a record high temperature, no one other than a meteorologist wants to talk about the weather. Have a couple of good stories ready to go at a moment’s notice. If you know what the other person is passionate about, you can use that as a conversation topic.
• Show enthusiasm for the chance to speak with the other person. Make the other person feel special. You know how good it feels when someone is excited to see you. See if you can create a similar feeling in the other person. End the conversation when the time is right. It’s better to go out on a high note than after the conversation has died. This way, they’ll be eager to speak with you again soon.
We aren’t taught how to be a great conversationalist in school, but it’s a valuable skill that can help your career. It can also allow you to have a more enjoyable time at social events. It can give a great boost to your social life in general. Take advantage of every opportunity to work on your conversation skills. If you’re looking for more ways to improve your conversation, you can head over to my website.